The Strategic Table of the Andorra – La Seu airport calls on the State to speed up the procedures to allow operations with GPS


The Secretary of Infrastructure and Mobility, Isidre Gavín, today present at the last meeting of 2018 of the Strategic Table at the Airport of Andorra – La Seu has announced the good results of the installation, which closed this November with 30% more operations than last year. Thus, if in November last year there were 3,380 operations in November this year there has been 4,411, this means 30% more.

The board fo the Strategic Table has also agreed to demand that the State accelerate the procedures for the installation of the IRF system, which allows aircraft to operate with a GPS system and, therefore, land under conditions of less visibility. Aeroports de Catalunya initiated the procedures to obtain this system two and a half years ago and is still awaiting the State’s approval. « Having the GPS would allow to operate with more regular forecasts in both summer and winter season, » said the Secretary of Infrastructures and Mobility.

The other requirement of the Table to the State is to allow operations of aircraft that arrive outside the Schengen area. « The works to have the airport ready for the Non-Schengen flights are done since 2016, and we are waiting for this to be resolved to the State, » explained Gavín. « We have to take advantage of the potential of the airport and from the Generalitat, what we do is work intensely to have the best commercial airport, » he said.

Tests for instrumental operations at the airport

There have been instrument approaching flights (flight operations guided instrumentally) at the airport with an ATR 72-500, a plane that has previously operated at the airport with a capacity for 70 passengers.

This will allow that more airlines will be interested in operating there. This issue is critical to improve the product currently offered at airport.

The reports demonstrate the viability of theoretical instrumental flights at the airport but real tests are needed to complete them in situ. The operation consists of making flights over the airspace of the airport, following the circuits defined in the studies and landing and take-off. Once registered and tests made they will wait for AESA validation and approval.

The airport closes August growing 62% in operations

The Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, met on Friday September 16th with representatives of the Government of Andorra to take stock of the revitalization on transport and environment, as well as specific new actions the future. Both administrations have also agreed to design a joint strategy for the airport during 2017 to try and have commercial operations.

The meeting served to take stock of the activities around the airport, sharing strategies to advance the achievement of new challenges that serve to consolidate this infrastructure.

First, both governments have made a positive assessment of air traffic from the airport this 2016. So, this year at the end of August we have registered 2,119 operations, which represents an increase of 62% compared to the previous year. Thus August closes exceeding the figure for global operations of 2015, ahead of airports such as Leon, Burgos, Badajoz, Ceuta and Algeciras, among others.


Aprovació del Pla Director Urbanístic i Aeroportuari

El passat divendres 18 de desembre es va aprovar el Pla Director Urbanístic Aeroportuari a la Comissió de Política Territorial i d’Urbanisme de Catalunya (CPTUC). L’any 2009 es va aprovar del Pla especial per a la delimitació de sòl de l’àmbit de l’aeroport, que va ser anul·lat el 2011 pel Tribunal Superior de Justícia de Catalunya (TSJC). El Departament de TES va decidir llavors impulsar la tramitació d’un Pla Director Urbanístic Aeroportuari, amb l’objectiu de regularitzar urbanísticament les instal·lacions ja existents. L’objecte és l’ordenació urbanística i aeroportuària per adequar l’aeroport a la categoria comercial sense ampliar la pista, que té una llargària de 1.387 metres, per arribar a un escenari màxim operacional de 15.000 operacions de vol amb avions de 29 metres d’envergadura. A nivell urbanístic, el PDUA ordena els usos i edificacions al voltant de la plataforma operacional incloent nous hangars i les edificacions per a activitats complementaries, tot mantenint i millorant els accessos existents de de la carretera N-260 i la carretera local a Aravell.

Visita de la Sudan Airport Holding Company

El passat dia 15 de desembre responsables de seguretat dels aeroports comercials de Sudan, qui estan rebent un període de formació a Catalunya, van visitar les instal·lacions de l’aeroport, interesants pel model de gestió implementat a l’aeroport.